KATHMANDU, May 13: A team of Armed Police Force and Nepal Police personnel left Kathmandu for Darchula district today afternoon to establish a border outpost of Armed Police Force in Chhangru area of the district.
Chhangru area is located near Lipulekh Pass, a territory which has been encroached by India.
The border outpost will be established at Chhangru of Byas rural municipality to safeguard the Nepali territory. It will be manned by 25 APF personnel and nine Nepali Police personnel.
An APF contingent will be airlifted to Chhangru today by a Nepali Army's MI-17 helicopter. The APF unit will mobilize for border security in the area after India unilaterally constructed and inaugurated a road by encroaching on Nepali territory.
India has constructed a road from Pithoragadh to Lipubhanjyang via Gunji of Kalapani on the Nepal side of the border. The road connects to Manasarovar of Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
Chief of APF Nepal No. 50 Company, Deputy Superintendent Dambar Bahadur Bishta, said the 25-member team would be mobilized under the command of Police Inspector Mili Bahadur Chand.
Although the government had decided to keep a BOP at Chhangru in November last year itself, it could not be implemented till date. At that time APF had 107 BOPs stationed at the border. In November-December, the government decided to increase the number of BOPs to 114 BOPs. After that APF's BOPs were established at 13 places only, APF spokesman, Deputy Inspector General, Prabin Kumar Shrestha, said.